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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Brian M. Smollett; Brian M. Smollett

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2007, pp.40-41.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Multiculturalism and cultural relations)

Keywords: Literature; War; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Diaspora relations

Type: Brief

Coverage: Israel Israel


The author recounts his experience attending an ulpan (Hebrew language training program) at the University of Haifa in Israel, while living with Arab-Israeli roommates, during the beginning of the 2006 war in Lebanon. The author draws a parallel between his experience and that of author Hans Kohn, who left pre-state Israel and the Zionist movement in 1933 because of the conflict between the movement and surrounding Arabs.